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  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre", through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • List of stories from

  • By KW Charlie on 09-15-16

real science fiction - lots of it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-18

It seems that there are tons of series in science fiction many of which are space battle or end of the world type scenarios. While many of those are good, they tend to build up one universe and then 'just' inhabit it with people with apparently similar stories. While there is a lot of work that goes into those, they tend to be limited in scope.

On the other hand, this book has over 100 stories from Arthur C Clarke. Instead of being build no the same future world, each one tends to be unique and full of vision. The stories range in length but it is totally amazing the breadth of the imagination of this one master of Science Fiction.

In addition to the huge variety of stories, each ones well written and holds up remarkably well over the decades.

Then you add the narrators - each of them does an excellent job on the individual stories they read.

This is a must listen for anyone who loves Science Fiction.

I am only ½ through (21 hours still to go) and still enjoying it no end! Which is obviously as I am writing a positive review even before I am done.

Excellent work - appreciate the gathering of all of them into the audio format with narrators that know how to bring a story up to life.

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  • X Minus One

  • Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series
  • By: Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and others
  • Narrated by: Old Time Radio
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958 in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dying Art Form: Great Old Time Radio Sci Fi

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-13

Wonderful nostalgic radio theatre

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-15-16

The collection of radio dramatizations of different stories, many taken from the SCI-fi mags of the time was really fun to listen too.
The range of stories was very diverse and mostly reflective of their time. And the radio dramatization added flavor and drama. Makes one wonder how much we have up when society moved from radio to TV to the next thing.

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  • Aurora

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,147

A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, Aurora tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By ewreirct on 07-14-15

High quality but missing something

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-15

As usual, the author lays out some very high quality hard science writing. And the narration is first class all the way through.
However, the story just doesn't tie together like I would have hoped. There are some strong characters but it eventual devolves into an AIs narrative. I thing that I felt what the author was trying to do but i just doesn't quite work.
The narration quality was helped me trough the rougher transitions. And to be honest, the ending was a pleasant and unexpected closure.

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  • Cryoburn

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,253

Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter, Miles, to check it out

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its nice to come Home!

  • By Kevin on 10-23-10

Always an entertaining trad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-15

As usual the sorry be is fun with twists and strong personalities throughout. And the narrator brings a real life to each character.

While maybe not the most thought provoking story, unlike some of the other series which can seem to drag on after the first several books, I can always rely on one of these books to be easy and enjoyable listening.

  • The Lost Starship

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,046

Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Old school-style scifi with dreary narration

  • By D. Backshall on 03-18-16

Whew - made it to the end (barely)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-15

I really was hoping that this would be a light but entertaining story. Not sure if it was the narrator's unimaginative work or just that the story had a lot of juvenile level dialogue and shallow character, but this was a book that I put down often. And almost didn't come back to finish. Only through an outside hope of something interesting could still happen and stubbornness did u make it to the end
Sad to say nothing interesting ever did happen. At least the way the story was told/written.

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  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My kids voted this one of the best

  • By Laura on 03-20-04

Fun romp back to the early years

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-15

While definitely not a deep story and in fact fairly simple and probably great for earlier readers (understandable considering when it was written), it was a fun listen. The reading cast reminded me of earlier radio plays. And the capture of the period's style was excellent. Easy to follow and a fun simplistic romo though space.

  • Area 51: Nosferatu

  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

The half-breed known only as Nosferatu has existed since ancient Egyptian times as part of a group of bioengineered beings that served the old gods. But those gods are no more - eradicated by human efforts - so now Nosferatu schemes to thrust himself into the resulting power vacuum. In order to achieve this, he requires a piece of leftover alien technology known as the Holy Grail. With it, he can grasp true immortality, be freed of his need for human blood, and reunite with the lover the gods took from him so many years ago.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WTF?😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😤

  • By Deborah Boyd on 03-16-17

More of the same

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-15

While I have enjoyed this series overall. It is starting to loose steam. This particular novel basically filled n some back story but really didn't add anything new.
The performance was still pretty good but suffered from lack of drama or surprises in the story itself.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,599

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly depressing.

  • By Garret on 04-06-17

Excellent almost to the end

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Nice hearing this classic performed so well. Had forgotten much of the story. Was surprised how much forward thinking was included for the time it was written.
It did hold me until the very end, despite the backend of the story filling in much of the details of the society in a way that didn't use the characters.
Regardless, the novel and the performance left me very tense which was perfect. Truly a lesson we should all pay attention too.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,548

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too fantastical

  • By K. N. on 06-07-18

Different but keeps you to the end

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-12

Wasn't sure what I was expecting but this book, while not being what I normally listen, engaged me from the beginning to the end. It follows several people with enough detail to help you understand their interaction and reactions but not so much that it distracts from the story.
As the story follows the apartment tenants the mystery builds and things get very strange. But somehow it holds together and keeps who wanting to know whats going on.
I can see this actually done as a movie. Low key to start with and building to the very end. By the time I was in the last sections, I found it very hard to stop listening. I just had to know!

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  • A Scanner Darkly

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Paul Giamatti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109

Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drugs are bad

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Very disturbing - tough to make it through

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-12

While obviously well written and well performed, the material is quite disturbing and hard to stay focused on. So much so that I finally gave up and, for the first time, have not finished listening to an Audible book. Some people might really appreciate it but it definitely won't be for many.

The characters are well portrayed which may be part of the problem. The main narrator is going in and out of reality. The conversations that happen are often just plain annoying. Not the writing but the type of conversations that could very well be had by people whose brains are messed up due to their trip.

One disappointment was that I was expecting science fiction, especially considering the author and the classification. This might have been considered sci fi when it was written but doesn't fit that category today. It was a look into the near future when it was written but could also have just been considered an exploration of a different sub-culture. Perhaps the ending might still categorize it as sci fi, but I ended up stopped about 3/4 of the way through it. My time is just too valuable and I unfortunately should have given up much before I did.

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